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The Frozen-Water Trade: A True Story

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Publisher Comments:

Now in paperback, the fascinating story of America's vast natural ice trade which revolutionized the 19th century

On February 13, 1806, the brig Favorite left Boston harbor bound for the Caribbean island of Martinique with a cargo that few imagined would survive the month-long voyage. Packed in hay in the hold were large chunks of ice cut from a frozen Massachusetts lake. This was the first venture of a young Boston entrepreneur, Frederic Tudor, who believed he could make a fortune selling ice to people in the tropics.

Ridiculed at the outset, Tudor endured years of hardship before he was to fulfill his dream. Over the years, he and his rivals extended the frozen-water trade to Havana, Charleston, New Orleans, London, and finally to Calcutta, where in 1833 more than one hundred tons of ice survived a four-month journey of 16,000 miles with two crossings of the equator. The Frozen Water Trade is a fascinating account of the birth of an industry that ultimately revolutionized domestic life for millions of people.

Book News Annotation:

London-based journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker Weightman tells the story of Bostonian Frederic Tudor (d. 1864), who in 1805 started a company to sell ice to the West Indies, and ended up with a vast enterprise serving the tropics worldwide. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In the tradition of "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky comes a remarkable book about a long-forgotten historical phenomenon that changed the world--the rise and fall of the natural ice industry in 19th-century North America. Two 8-page photo inserts.

About the Author

Gavin Weightman is a journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker. He lives in London, England, with his partner, Clare Beaton, an illustrator of children's books; their son, Tom; and her older children, Jack and Kate.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786867400
Subtitle:
A True Story
Author:
Weightman, Gavin
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
North American
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Commerce
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Ice industry
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Advance uncorr. proof.
Series Volume:
60
Publication Date:
20040204
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
8.59x5.79x.94 in. .91 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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History and Social Science » Americana » Northeast

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"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky comes a remarkable book about a long-forgotten historical phenomenon that changed the world--the rise and fall of the natural ice industry in 19th-century North America. Two 8-page photo inserts.
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